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    GATEWAY TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
    Based in Cairns, Far North Queensland
    Largest reef eco-system in the world
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    GATEWAY TO CAPE YORK
    Based in Cairns, Far North Queensland
    Experience remote wilderness

At Sharks And Rays Australia we believe that long-term conservation goals can only be achieved if they are based on sound science, public outreach and working with local stakeholders. SARA was formed with the aim to not just produce science in the ‘ivory tower’ but to involve the general public in our sawfish and shark research expeditions.

SARA is based in the city of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. Cairns is often referred to as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Well over hundred thousand people flock to the Great Barrier Reef from here every year, to experience the largest reef ecosystem in the world. But Cairns is also the last big city on the way north to the remote regions of the Cape York Peninsula. The landscapes of Cape York are ancient, sparsely inhabited and highly variable due to the alternating dry and wet seasons.

Not many people are aware of the elasmobranch inhabitants, the sharks and rays that are present in the vast ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef and also the river systems and coast lines of the Cape York Peninsula. Particularly sawfish are often forgotten even though Northern Australia is of vital importance to their existence. For one species of sawfish, the rivers in Northern Australia may actually be their last retreat.

The area where we run expeditions is 3/4 of the size of Germany, but only inhabited by 28,000 people. For comparison, Germany had close to 83 million inhabitants in 2016.  For more information on our research and on how to get involved please see here or find us on social media!

 

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The Shark Callers of Papua New Guinea

 

 

by Patrick Nason

For the past six months I have been living with Shark Callers on the tropical island of New Ireland, five hundred miles east of mainland Papua New Guinea.  My home in Tembin village rests on the volcanic shores of the Bismarck Sea, the site of Dennis … Read more about The Shark Callers of Papua New Guinea

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Report from Western Australia on the Shark Cull – Part 2/3

This is the Second of a Three-part Field Report on the Shark Cull in Western Australia
 PART TWO:    VAGABONDING
While I prefer to travel light and plan little, I do think it’s a good idea to arrange at least one night of lodging to rest up after a transcontinental flight. Stepping off the bus in … Read more about Report from Western Australia on the Shark Cull – Part 2/3

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